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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

Our Bachelor of Music offers programs in Contemporary Music, Composition for Creative Industries, Digital Music and Media, and Musicology. If you are interested in the music of today, this degree is for you.

Our four-year Bachelor of Music allows you to become a broadly educated musician, learning a range of skills in various music and arts-related contexts and professions to prepare you for a career in music.

The courses are structured to give you the flexibility to study music and a range of electives such as art, history or design. We prepare you for a variety of careers, some of which may not even exist yet.

Experience the best of both worlds, with classes at the Sydney Conservatorium campus in the central business district, and the University's Camperdown campus.

Subject areas

Contemporary Music Practice; Composition for Creative Industries; Digital Music and Media; Musicology major

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

  1. Click apply above to make a course application
  2. Register an audition with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Commencing semesters

Semester 1 (March)

  1. Click apply above to make a course application
  2. Register an audition with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 October

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements.

UAC applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Commencing semesters

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

Choose from the following programs:

Contemporary Music Practice
You will experience contemporary music production, work with industry professionals, learn from music historians, and rub shoulders with some of the country’s best student musicians. This course also gives you the opportunity to discover inventive approaches to writing and performing music, all while learning to study, interpret, and perform the music of others in innovative and new ways..

Composition for Creative Industries
Do you dream of composing music in the creative industries? Do you want to score and arrange music for film, television and online? If so, this is the program for you. Learn from Australia’s most gifted and widely recognised composers, working in the industry.

Digital Music and Media
Are you interested in studio and computer-based interactive musical creativity? If you love writing music for online games, designing and transforming sound and creating music for new media and technologies, this program is ideal. Our studios offer the latest in state-of-the-art music technology.

Musicology major
Musicologists are interested in how music is made, why people listen to music and how music is heard in particular ways. This major is the perfect choice if you are interested in the history of music, how music is constructed, or the ways it is understood and used by people around the world.

Music overview

Sample study plans

Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Music Practice)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Contemporary Music Practice 1 Music skills units Sounds, Screens, Speakers: Music and Media This is Music*
  2 Contemporary Music Practice 2 Music skills units The Studio for Songwriters Analysis, History and Culture Studies
2 1 Contemporary Music Practice 3 Music skills units Contemporary Music Studies/Popular Music electives Free choice  
  2 Contemporary Music Practice 4 Analysis, History and Culture Studies   Contemporary Music Studies/Popular Music electives Free choice  
3 1 Contemporary Music Practice 5 Contemporary Music Studies/Popular Music electives Free choice (x2) – Performance or
Ensemble (6 cp each)
 
  2 Contemporary Music Practice 6 Contemporary Music Studies/Popular Music electives Free choice (x2) – Performance or
Ensemble (6 cp each)
 
4 1 Contemporary Music Practice 7 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    
  2 Contemporary Music Practice 8 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    


Bachelor of Music (Composition for Creative Industries)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Composition for Creative Industries 1 Music skills units Music Notation & Publishing This is Music
  2 Composition for Creative Industries 2
Music skills units
Analysis, History and Culture Studies
Music Technology
2 1 Composition for Creative Industries 3
Instrumentation & Orchestration
Music skills units
Free choice elective
  2 Composition for Creative Industries 4 Scoring and Arranging for the Screen Analysis, History and Culture Studies   Free choice  
3 1 Composition Studies Analysis, History and Culture Studies Performance unit Free choice  
  2 Composition studies Performance unit Music Business Skills Free choice
4 1 Composition for Creative Industries 5 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    
  2 Composition for Creative Industries 6 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    


Bachelor of Music (Digital Music and Media)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Foundations of Digital Music and Media
Music skills units
Sound Recording Fundamentals
Creative Music Technology
This is Music*
  2 Digital Music Composition 1 Music skills units Analysis, History and Culture Studies    
2 1 Digital Music Composition 2 Music skills units Electroacoustic Music Free choice  
  2 Digital Music Composition 3 Advanced Digital Music Techniques Computer Music Fundamentals Free choice  
3 1 Composition Studies Analysis, History and Culture Studies Performance or Ensemble unit Free choice  
  2 Composition Studies Performance or Ensemble unit Free choice    
4 1 Advanced Digital Composition Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    
  2 Advanced Digital Composition Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice    


Bachelor of Music (Improvised Music)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Improvised Music 1
Music skills units
Improvised Music Ensemble 1
Technology skills
This is Music*
  2 Improvised Music 2
Music skills units
Improvised Music Ensemble 2
Analysis, History and Culture Studies
Performance or Ensemble unit
2 1 Improvised Music 3
Music skills units
Improvised Music Ensemble 3
Analysis, History and Culture Studies
Performance or Ensemble unit
  2 Improvised Music 4 Music Technology Improvised Music Ensemble 4 Free choice  
3 1 Improvised Music 5 Improvised Music Ensemble 5 Analysis, History and Culture Studies Free choice
  2 Improvised Music 6 Improvised Music Ensemble 6 Free choice    
4 1 Improvised Music 7 Improvised Music Ensemble 7 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice
  2 Improvised Music 8 Improvised Music Ensemble 8 Music Specialist Project or ICPU Free choice

Assumed knowledge

Coomposition for Creative Industries program: HSC Music 1 or equivalent notation skills.

No assumed knowledge for other programs.

Admission criteria

To gain entry, applicants will need:


Alternatively, applicants may be granted admission on the basis of:

  • having successfully undertaken tertiary studies in music at or above Diploma level to the equivalent of at least one year of study.

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

 

Creative Arts Special Admissions Scheme

Domestic applicants undertaking a current recognised high school (Year 12) qualification and applying via UAC, may be eligible for an early offer of admission prior to the release of ATARs or equivalent score under the University’s Creative Arts Special Admission Scheme. Eligible applicants will be assessed based on a combination of academic performance and audition requirements.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

Sydney Conservatorium of Music provides places you in a vibrant community of dedicated staff, researchers and talented students to support your education in Musicology.

  • take elective units offered in a variety of topics including early music, contemporary art music, popular music, and the music of Indigenous peoples
  • learn from researchers in a wide range of areas including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music analysis, psychology of music, popular music studies and more
  • join an active academic community with producing innovative research and publications in musicology
  • the Sydney Conservatorium regularly organises national and international conferences, sharing musicological expertise to the broader community
  • participate in a wide range of performance ensembles from choir to wind orchestra, guitar ensemble, Balinese gamelan or Chinese music ensemble
  • take a second major in subjects across the university.

Career Pathways

  • Arts administrator
  • Composer
  • Contemporary musician
  • Digital music composer and performer
  • Event producer
  • Festival or venue manager
  • Interactive music designer
  • Jazz musician
  • Music journalist
  • Music producer
  • Music researcher
  • Singer/songwriter
  • Sound installation designer

The world is changing, and university education needs to change too

Domestic students

International students

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